Without dub, our porter’s welfare is crucial to Southern Peru Explorers’ values and philosophy. We understand that well-treated porters are essential to providing excellent service and ensuring you have a great trek.
We always provide a piece of great quality equipment, uniforms, a fair and legal wage, and insurance for all our porters. This ensures their well-being, as well as the well-being of their families and the communities they come from.
The root of our social commitment comes from the Inca concept of Ayni. Ayni is the idea that if you give something with no expectation of receiving something in return, the person who benefits will one day be in a position where they can give to someone else, so the whole community benefits.
The porters carry all the collective equipment; some depart early before the group to make sure we get a good location at the campsite and to have everything all ready and set up by the time you get to the meals spot or campsite.
Porters carry up to 18kg of load according to the Inca Trail regulation, which we fully respect by giving them a maximum of just 16kg each.